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    Default Carrying while voting

    it is my understanding that if you have an LTCF you should be fine to concealed carry for self defense while voting, even at a school.

    is there anyone who considers themselves very well versed who can weigh in on that?

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    Default Re: Carrying while voting

    https://www.uslawshield.com/firearms...nsylvania-law/

    https://blog.princelaw.com/2013/11/0...-pa-its-legal/

    There are also threads on here, on this very topic. BUT they are hard to find.


    So my non-lawyer opinion. You should be able to carry at non-exempt polling locations without legal issue.
    BUT carrying at a polling location that is a school. You can get arrested and charged (and convicted ?). After which you THEN can use "other lawful purpose" as a defense.
    --ET

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    Default Re: Carrying while voting

    Something I just saw.. see the last few lines....



    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The stakes are high this presidential election, and so are the passions about several of the issues surrounding it.

    This includes whether people can bring their guns to the polls. The open carry of a firearm is legal in Pennsylvania, but the controversy doesn’t end there.
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    According to a recent study, Pennsylvania is one of five battleground states with no restrictions against the right to open carry at the polls. Gun advocates say it’s for self-defense but others worry about their own protection.

    “It’s really important that people understand that you have a right to defend yourself, whether that’s at a polling place or downtown. That’s why we have these rights and laws,” said Kim Stolfer from Firearm Owners Against Crime.

    Few presidential elections have ever been as hotly contested, and local law enforcement is preparing for Election Day unrest. Stolfer says citizens are within their rights to open carry at the polls for their own self-defense.

    “Considering the vitriol and the craziness going on, there’s very likely going to be some disruption,” Stolfer said. “So why would a person not have that right?”

    But gun-control advocates worry about the protection of unarmed voters and say that right is not unlimited.

    “It’s legal to open carry your firearm. What’s not legal is voter intimidation,” said Adam Garber from CeaseFirePA

    Pennsylvania law is clear: local government can’t institute their own restrictions.

    “No county, municipality or township may in any manner regulate the lawful ownership, possession, transfer or transportation of firearms,” according to Pennsylvania’s Firearm Preemption Laws.

    But Garber says those who open carry can’t brandish a weapon or otherwise intimidate.

    “If you have a permit and you’re going to take your weapon to vote and leave, so be it, that’s legal under the law. If you’re going to hang outside the polling location with a firearm, potentially scaring off people that are trying to exercise their democratic right and duty, that is not allowed,” said Garber.

    And here in Allegheny County, there is one major restriction. About half of our polling places are in schools and District Attorney Stephen Zappala’s office says prohibitions against bringing guns into school buildings still apply, even though Stolfer disagrees.

    “He says he will prosecute those people, but that doesn’t make it lawful because a Pennsylvania law says for any lawful purpose,” Stolfer said.

    Stolfer says his group is considering a legal challenge to DAs who ban open carry at school buildings, but other people might be relieved not to stand in line behind someone with an open gun on their hip.




    https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2020...ylvania-polls/

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    Default Re: Carrying while voting

    Here*s a much newer and more comprehensive article on carrying while voting - https://blog.princelaw.com/2018/11/0...nd-its-lawful/
    Joshua Prince, Esq. - Firearms Industry Consulting Group - www.PaFirearmsLawyer.com

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    Default Re: Carrying while voting

    Quote Originally Posted by SigForLife View Post
    Here*s a much newer and more comprehensive article on carrying while voting - https://blog.princelaw.com/2018/11/0...nd-its-lawful/

    You can read the article, which is worth your time but the answer is yes.

    As always know the law.

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    Default Re: Carrying while voting

    What if your polling place is also your local gun shop?

    😁

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    Default Re: Carrying while voting

    Quote Originally Posted by PickingPA View Post
    What if your polling place is also your local gun shop?

    😁
    That question belongs in the "Buying while voting" thread.
    --ET

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    Default Re: Carrying while voting

    You better have a full war chest if arrested. Every Anti-Gun County DA has one, and has the backing of sheep who are more afraid of individual responsibility and freedom than guns themselves.

    Also I posted elsewhere....

    ......the following are considered voter intimidation.

    1) Carrying a firearm while voting
    2) Honking your horn at a polling place
    3) Waving a political flag at a polling place
    4) Wearing anything political while voting

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    Default Re: Carrying while voting

    Don't ask don't tell.

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    Default Re: Carrying while voting

    Quote Originally Posted by Yoder View Post
    Don't ask don't tell.
    This. Concealed is concealed.
    Galations 6:9...And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

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